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The myth of ‘real food’

At the Abergavenny Food Festival last weekend, I took the opportunity to have a pop at the eco-friendly, locavore, organic, small-is-best food snobs. Here’s an expanded version of my comments.

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Totnes: local cappuccino for local people

Backward campaigners trying to prevent Costa coffee from opening a shop in the Devon market town should wake up and smell their own hypocrisy.

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Exposing the myths about local food

Food activists claim that ‘local’ food is more sustainable, secure and nutritious. As Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu demonstrate in The Locavore’s Dilemma, local-food promoters couldn’t be more wrong.

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Culinary catechisms: Michael Pollan and Joanna Blythman

There is certainly a cacophony of nutritional and food advice being spewed forth today. But far from cutting through the proverbial, two recent books simply add to the noise.

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An open letter to the world’s top chefs

Here’s a message for the crème de la crème of the world’s culinary head honchos in reply to their An Open Letter to the Chefs of Tomorrow: get over yourselves.

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Fast food: a love story

I recently took part in the making of this short film by the citizen TV channel, WORLDbytes. It does a great job of explaining why fast food is so popular and why it isn’t going to kill us.

Planeat review: Why dodging the burgers won’t save the planet

A new documentary claims that a vegan lifestyle can save the world and our health. But where’s the beef?

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The politics of The People’s Supermarket

A visit to the reportedly radical store reveals that it doesn’t quite live up to its posh backers’ expectations.

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Why I don’t buy this ‘People’s Supermarket’

Channel 4’s latest one-man mission to change consumer habits has little to do with the interests of The People.

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Organic vs supermarket

This is an interesting piece in Time. It makes a few sweeping statements that I’m not sure are backed up by the facts - in particular, making the case in favour of organic foods when the differences are negligible or meaningless - but along the way it makes some good points.

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Once we worried about getting enough food. Now we seem to fret about having too much food, or about what food might do to us and the planet. This website is designed to be an antidote to food fears.

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